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Old 05-05-2003, 10:18 AM   #1
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Question Window Gasket/Seal - Help!

All of the window gaskets in my '70 Trade Wind were severely dryrotted/missing. I've had good success removing the old gaskets and have purchased the replacement gasket material and glue from Airstream (I'm lucky enough to like just a couple hours from the factory and have visited there several times). One of the flaps on the gasket is longer than the other. Does this longer side go to the outside edge of the windows? The old gaskets were in such bad shape, I couldn't tell.

Any tips on gasket installation would be certainly appreciated!

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Old 05-05-2003, 10:31 AM   #2
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The "flares" go to the outside. When towing the wind tightens the seal.

If the flares went to the inside, the wind would go past the gasket.

The new gasket must be installed with 3M super weatherstrip adhesive only. To use anything else is asking for premature failure. Contact cement won't hold it.


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Old 05-05-2003, 10:40 AM   #3
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Andy,
Thanks for the quick response. I have several tubes of the 3M adhesive to use. The folks at Airstream also warned about using anything else. I used the 3M gasket remover to help get rid of some of the really stuck on pieces. It worked great. My Dad, who is an auto-body repairman, highly recommended the 3M products. Now, if I could only get him to help with the gaskets!!!

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Old 05-05-2003, 11:30 AM   #4
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Changing the gaskets is a "breeze."

Take the window out.

Lay it on a carget or other soft pad.

Burnish what may be left of the old gasket or adhesive.

Cut the new gasket about an inch too long.

Apply the adhesive in a small zig zag pattern to the window frame and to the back side of the gasket.

When it is dry to the touch, about 5 to 15 minutes, stick the gasket in place starting at the center bottom of the window. Continue until you reach the the point where you started. Carefully continue, but do not apply the last 2 or 3 inches of gasket. Cut off the surplus gasket with a single edge razor blade.

Apply a small amount of the adhesive to the two ends of the gasket. Allow that to dry a couple on minutes or so. At this point, place the two gasket ends together, and pat down the last couple of inches.

Pat down all the gasket again. Let the adhesive cure out for a couple of hours.

Flood the new gasket with silicone spray. Lots of it. Reinstall the window.

Wipe the surplus silicone spray off in a couple of days. You want it to penetrate as much as possible.

Finally, make sure the window latches are properly adjusted.

Spray the gaskets with silicone spray at least once a year.


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Old 06-16-2003, 10:35 PM   #5
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Andy, Thank-you for the instructions on replacing the window gaskets. I also need to replace the gaskets on my 76 Excella 500. Would you please tell me the best way to remove the windows. I'm not scared of hard work but am scared of breaking the costly glass window.JayClay
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Old 06-16-2003, 10:42 PM   #6
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Take the nuts off the ends of the adjustable support arms and detach the arms. Then open the window as far as it will possibly open and it will come out of the upper hinge. Do this carefully!! It may take a little jiggling but always keep a firm grip on it, it can decide to come out at any time, usually when you aren't expecting it!

If you have an exterior detachable door like on your fridge access or storage door the windows come out in exactly the same fashion.

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Ditto on Chas info.

The large windows must be reinstalled with caution.

Make sure the two sections of the "J" hinge are fully engaged before you lower the window.


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HELP with weatherstripping

I got all the windows in and the gaskets in and they are working great and now months later I am working again on the "silver lawn ornament" that we still hope to use someday and we need to put the seal on the entry door. Does it go on the door or the trailer where the door hits it like the windows and does the gap face out or in? It faces toward the opening you walk thru, right?

We took the old one off and it wasn't done right anyway....and I don't remember how it was done.
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The door gasket goes on the same way as the window gaskets.

The "flares" go to the outside.

The door gasket is mount on the door, not the door jamb.

Sounds like your almost ready to "hit the road."



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Window Gasket/Seal - Help!

Hi All
WOW, I came to this forum to ask questions concerning window/door gasket replacement procedure and I find all the answers already here without asking. All I need to do now is say thank you and order some parts.
Andy, I'll be calling.

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Old 07-20-2003, 05:40 PM   #11
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Gaskets and Tracks

I got my gaskets, adhesive and tracks from Andy also. I relpaced all my arm tracks while I was doing every door and window seal. The new black tracks look better and really make the windows work well. I even replace the foam seals on the screen door and all the upper vents.

Thanks for the tip about the silicone spray. That's the one thing I didn't do.

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My windows are too curved

Maybe I put them in wrong but I did all the window installation gasket steps and I have noticed that after a bunch of rain like we have had lately the curved windows leak cuz they curve and they form too much of an arch and leave an open place in the middle that rain comes thru. I tried loosening the bottom latches but it doesn't seem to make much difference. The plastic is almost too pliable and needs to be firmer to conform.

I don't think there is a solution...I'll just sop up the mess.

And...

Why can't they make those window clips out of something that doesn't rust???
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You can add the moldings like they used in 1968, to stiffen plastic windows.

Our window clips do not rust.


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Thanks a bunch...I will order the frame stuff with an order I need to make in a few days....glad to know it....the back window, which is actually not curved but still gaps in the middle, needs it most.

It must be the few old clips I still have that rust...I'm glad to hear that, too.
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